I have been a member of Anastasia for about a month. There have been letters back and forth, chats. I also sent flowers once and called another girl once. I've asked Anastasia customer service if the girls receive any sort of compensation, a commission or whatever, for the money I spend in their behalf. Anastasia has denied this, but I just can't believe the women are not somehow compensated, and thus motivated to stimulate continuing interest from paying members like me. Can anyone shed light on this?
You are probably asking about one of the most guarded secrets in Europe??
Some members who can read Russian, have found news paper ads in the “Wanted” sections, for Pretty Girls who can speak and read English!! They want them for translation and for chatting,,, that’s why they need to be pretty!!
If you go to Russia or Ukraine, try asking a taxi driver, or a bartender about the dating agencies and girls?? I bet you won’t get an answer!! They will just shrug their shoulders! They don’t want to say anything that could hurt their own business!! I think we are the only thing keeping their economies from crashing!?
Anastasia is really pushing the chatting service, and to me, it is to put the agencies out of business, or at least, to take them out of the picture!! When a girl has her own computer, an agency doesn’t get a penny!! A girl can bring in hundreds of dollars a night, she has to be getting something for her time!!
I have seen girls online for more than 24 hours straight! If it isn’t a video chat, who knows who is on the other side?? It is a dirty, dirty business!!!!
I had been on Anastasia for three years, and for the first two, I thought they were alright. But after having,,, ZERO success, I began to be a little more critical of them!! What was the last straw, is their chatting service!! There is no “OFF” button, no busy, or off-line feature! I have dial-up internet, I literally could not use their website anymore!! I would get so many chat invites, that I could not move from webpage to webpage, the chat invites used up all of my internet speed!! I was happy for this though,,,, it showed me their true intentions!!! MONEY,,,,, just,,,, MONEY!!!!!!
I complained to their customer service several times about the chat system, the first time, they told me; We hope to have a “off-line” feature in 2 or 3 months!!! In 3 months to the day, I contacted them again, and asked; How soon will they have an off button?? They said; You must have misunderstood! We have no plans of creating an “off-line” feature! Well,,,, xxxx that!!! I told them I wanted my profile removed! They wouldn’t do it??? I wrote to them again! ,,,, I want off of this site, and I want off now!!! Their reply; We are sorry you have experienced some difficulties, we are willing to add some free credits to your account!! My reply;,, You must have the impression, that I want to stay on this site??? I DO NOT!!!! I want off of this site now!! They still would not remove my profile???!!! Their next reply was something like this; We are trying to help you! If you have any evidence of a girls misdeeds, show us and we will look into it for you!! If we find such proof, we can credit your account with some complementary credits??!! I’m about to go “Postal”!!!! I sent this back to them;,,,” I want off of this God dxxx xxxxing website right now!!! It has gotten to the point, where I don’t think I want to contaminate the family blood line with Ukrainian or even Russian blood!!! Get me the fxxx off this site!!!!! “ That worked!!!! I spent two months trying to get off that site!! It did not quite end there though,,,,, for the next 2 or 3 months, I was plagued with a bunch of virus and Trojan loaded spam emails every night!!!
It’s a dirty, dirty business!!!
that's the naturual reply, but, you see, i didn't know about the forum until i became suspicious a couple of days ago and searched the internet on this topic. that's when i found the forum and was amazed at all of the bad experiences. i'm no longer expending my unused credits. still, i am curious about the compensation abuse, how it works, if it's systematic or done more randomly by each individual contractor agency that anastasia employs. i have met a few women, whom, if they're real with genuine intentions to find a good man, i'd like to meet when i next visit ukraine (i travel to the region each summer). when i get to ukraine, i'll attempt to locate these women by the least expensive means to check them out. if any of that works, fine. if not, that's okay. there are plenty of other fish in that sea.
Any agency which denies you private access to any lady is in it for the money. I recommend two interesting websites...... the best is vkontakte.ru. A Ukrainian friend suggested it to me. It's used mostly as a social website. On this site, if the girl's info on the dating site is accurate, you have a good chance of finding her here. It's pretty easy....... if she is so "in love" with you on Anastasia, you'd think she'd jump at the chance to chat with you for free??? Also, do NOT specify "actively searching" when looking for "your" girl. You'll find that many girls have boyfriends and will list themselves as "in a relationship". The other site is rambler.ru, although less reliable than the other, it is free.
I've tried Anastasia for a while but no longer use it because I started to get some feelings about the service. Mostly the feeling that I got is that most of the women don't seem to be the slightest bit interested in pursuing genuine relationships. Anastasia has been pushing their chat feature pretty hard and at $2/min why wouldn't they. I know of cam sites where you can at least see the girl get naked. On top of that they'll chat with you to the same extent that the women on Anastasia do. The feeling that I was left with was that Anastasia is nothing more than a cam site where women can earn compensation without having to take off their clothes.
I've even done the cam chatting with a couple just out of curiosity and when I asked if I could send them a letter the response was "I don't like letters. Let's just communicate over chat."
Another thing I found to be strange is that it seems like every woman in the Ukraine seem to have computers, boradband Internet, and webcams. I know it varies by region but I've been on other sites where women have told me that Internet is either expensive or hard to come by and that many of them didn't even own computers. I even have friends from the Ukraine that have echoed the same sentiment stressing that it is slightly different by regions, but overall Internet as a home luxury isn't exactly common there. Yet it seems to be the contrary with women on Anastasia where they all seem to have broadband Internet, computers, and webcams. I just find that to be fishy.
IMBRA - International Marriage Broker Regulation Act
The US guvment made up this one.
"With the spread of the Internet and the collapse of the Soviet Union, there is a new twist in the age-old marriage custom of the mail-order bride. Increasingly, western men are turning to marriage agencies or introduction services to find spouses from the former Soviet Union. In an industry that was traditionally dominated by agencies in the Pacific Rim, this new breed of Russian Internet marriage agencies is rapidly expanding and overtaking the market. The author has found at least 200 different agencies on the Internet that focus on Russia and other Soviet Republics. The popularity of these companies is due to various factors that include culture and economics. However, there is an element of risk for either marriage partner undertaking these ventures. The bride is isolated in a new foreign country, usually unable to speak the language, and often is more vulnerable to abuse. The groom takes the risk that his new wife is just using him for permanent residency status. The whole concept of mail-order brides raises questions itself. Can two people fall in love enough to marry without ever having met? This case proposes to examine this new player in a very old industry, its impact on this market and the legalities involved." - borrowed from a website with no author
Many years ago there was such an 'industry' as true mail order brides. Pick one out of a magazine, pay the appropriate fees etc. And she is sent to you sight unseen. Like a package in the mail. Today it is much different as explained - sort of - above.
The US guvment got involved after there had been many cases of abuse against such women. IMBRA made it more difficult for predators to obtain victims. Times have changed. The umbrella of IMBRA has impacted any website or "agency" designed to introduce foreign women to American men for a FEE. The wording is important. And how one approaches this endeavor must be carefully thought out. IVOR, you have no idea how controlling the US guvment actually is for those who follow the rules.
When you have time, get a copy of the health care reform law commonly referred to as OBAMA CARE. If can read it and understand it, then you know more about it than 95% (if not all) of the legislators who voted for it. And if you do you will think, 'HOLY CRAP BATMAN, the US people are being stonewalled.'
There is no better place to live in the world than here. But it is getting more difficult all the time. A civil war in the next couple decades is not unthinkable.
Recall the song - here we go again with song references - "Coward Of The County" by Kenny Rogers. Compare that to the attitude of the American people. Some day the people will finally say "ENOUGH!" Then all hell will break loose.
@Neo...you get the feeling of being scammed because you don't seem to know what you are doing. First, PPL are dangerous for those without direction and knowledge...if you get excited by some girl being nice to you...just give them your money. USE the site by using their rules. Chatting, especially video chatting is throwing money away with no real purpose. Take some time to see if girl is 'chatting' at all hours, if so forget her.
Look at profile for key words and sensible pics. If you can get a 20+ at home go for a 20+ on sites. Write for short period of time (couple months before visit), get contact info by 3rd party flower delivery( only for special days) or through their phone service...these are only ways to get contact info. VERY hard if girl speaks little to no english. I try to stay in control by sending letters maybe weekly and if girl answers next day-drop her. When there is $$$ involved- you've got to be careful.
I do agree with the fact not many girls have computer and internet at home, only a few girls out of over 30+. The great connections you talk about are if girl(or some girl)is at agency........maybe playing you out.
@bingo....trouble with your sites are these girls are just out to socialize...acting out like teenagers. I don't have the time it takes to proper moniter these sites....much of the talk is in russian ...I guess that is not so bad, you can learn russian words....back to.....I don't have the time!!!!
Hi Guys, You are not out of danger, just by staying off the PPL sites!! You might be saving on letter fees, but you are still using up a lot of time. And the motivation to get you, and keep you writing letters to their agencies still exists!!! All of the girls want you to visit!! Apartment fees, Interpretation fees, taxis,tour guide? You could still be making a trip for nothing, even if you are not on sites like; Anastasia or AOBs!!
So,, do like all of the rest of us pro's do!!!! GUESS!! Just kidding! I realy meant to say; Flip a coin!! lol
I never said I felt like I was getting scammed. I was pointing out that the women through Anastasia don't seem to be genuinely interested in pursuing anything real. And also that I feel there may be some credence to the notion that they are being compensated by the site for their time spent on it. The way they behave on that site certain seems to support that notion.
It certainly does seem like that "all" of these women have internet connections and computers at home. I say this because I've seen women use internet at an agency through other sites. The women through Anastasia are clearly at home when you can see the background of where they are and also when they tell you they are at home. I honestly believe Anastasia provide cameras to these women so they can stay at home and spend all day on the site. I'm even willing to go as far as to claim they even provide laptops to these women to use at home for that purpose because all of them seem to own laptops and not regular desktop PC's.
Anastasia also does something where they catalog women by how "beautiful" they are. If you do a standard search on Anastasia you'll see that all the "beautiful" women are show first while the not beautiful women are pushed to the back pages where no one will likely see them. And if you look at their live chat catalog you'll also notice that the vast majority of them are these so called "beautiful" women. It's pretty clear to me that Anastasia's business practice is to bait men into chatting with these beautiful women at a hefty cost.
You add all of the presumptions together and the evidence is rather compelling. Anastasia identifies beautiful women and provides them with laptops, webcams, and possibly home internet connections to entice men to use their expensive service. These women are honestly not interested but are being compensated for their time. I live chatted a few times with one lady and we really seemed to be having a good time. By the last chat I was polite and told her I didn't think we were a marriage match and wished her luck in her search. Her response was something like "I didn't really like you anyway there are plenty of other men I can talk to here."
In summary, my conclusion is that Anastasia is a legit marriage broker but their business model is motivated by profit even if it means pursuing unethical business practices.
Sorry Neo...from your description it seemed you were paying for something you felt was not getting( or should I say something real). I don't know what is going on between you and girls but eventually you have to get away from dealing with anastasia/agency...maybe that is why you feel the interest is not there. I don't know. I don't know if girl is at home with computer or at agency....all depends on what time it is there. I have asked about the chatting aspect before, mostly it is at agency, very few at home. As I said before chatting or video is waist of time and money. I am sure many girls get something for their time on chat/ mobile/video along with the agency and I am not sure about the incidentals, so I don't care. I have my own rules about what to do and what not to do. Experience will show you that girls in person likely don't look same in pics, so ignore that. If you want to see if girl is real or not........talk about a visit in near future or tell her if you can obtain her contact info would she want to speak privately with you. It can get tricky.
Any business is motivated by profit.....much plead ignorance to anything said.
I didn’t find a serious girl on Anastasia during my time on their site! They are only interested in that next letter, a gift for every holiday, and now, for that damn chatting! The girls that chat, don’t want to be bothered with a regular letter,,,,,, it’s no fun!! I also believe they can chat with more than one guy at a time!! They don’t have a busy sign for them, and some girls must be getting more action than others??? They will be typing away,,,,, and a minute later, you get a short sentence!!
I wouldn’t doubt that some girls are given computers to use at home. But for the rest of them that have computers,,,,,,,, how do you think they paid for them???? No,,, I don’t mean; horizontally,,,, not for all of them,, some,,, yeah? They must earn it at their agencies. They are staying open much later now,,, 10:00pm even midnight! I know a girl who does not chat, but must write her letters at the agency, sometimes it is sent at10:00pm her time. And no, it is not sent by a translator.
Yes, most do have laptops!! That’s a good point! Isn’t a desktop half of the price?? But,,, they will say; that they needed one in school, or to take it to a internet café?!
Many more girls have computers than you realize!! They just don’t want to tell you about it! When I started correspondence with their girls, none had a computer! But, after meeting them, and talking about it, yeah, most own one!! The worst part, even after you find out about their computer,,,, they still only want to write through their agency!! It’s always nice to know, you just wasted a year of your life!!
Yeah,,, aren’t their girls so much better looking??!! Most of that is in the photography! Either from using a professional, or one who uses Photoshop!! Aweb, says; that the photos are not touched up, but that is a lie!! I have seen it many times, the same photo of the same girl,, on Aweb, perfect! On some other sites,,, a few flaws! Once, I saw a nice looking girl, but with two nasty scars, or more like a chemical burn! No sign of it on Aweb!!
The girls on Aweb must be poor though,,,,,, they can’t afford any clothes,,, they’re almost naked??!! Lol And the bra’s they wear,,, they barely fit! They must have a poor diets too, just look at how crooked their backs are, they are all posing with their chests pushed out!! They must need more calcium?? (smirk)
I don’t mind looking at their photos,,, but you know,,,, I wouldn’t want to marry 90% of them! Many times, I would be looking at their photos,, nice,,, nice,,, BUZZZZZ ,,,, Next!! A girl is supposed to have some “Mystery”,,,, most of these,,, don’t have very much mystery left!!
Also, there is a very dark side, to the very expensive photo shoots that most of these girls go on,,,, but don’t cost them anything!!! Imagine being a photographer,,, and having a whole country (s) of poor, but beautiful girls to choose from???!!! Whether it be for modeling, nude art, or porn, the next diamond in the rough,,,, just walked through the door!!!
Then,, there is an even darker side than that!! Massage parlors, escort services!! Would you be surprised to know, that dating agencies in Kiev and in Kherson, also have their own massage and escort services??!! Any girl down on her luck has several choices!!!
Aweb might have been an honest company at one time, but not anymore. To me, they are below contempt!
Many of their girls were on scammer lists too! I even reported a few that I had found,,,, but they didn’t remove the girl??!! If you catch a girl personal, whether it’s for scamming or one who has a boyfriend, they will remove her. But, there are just cutting loose a liability, and will replace her with someone less likely to get caught!!
Yeah, I've stopped using Anastasia because it became clear to me a while back that this site is not genuine at all. I only used it at first because it "appeared" to be an upscale service catering to upscale and serious men. After a few months it became clear that wasn't the case and there were too many questionable things involving that site. Also, someone posted the site that the women use for Aweb where it showed that they were paying women to be on the site with gifts and god knows what else. That pretty much was the last straw for me.
Yeah, I noticed that too about live chat through Aweb. The lady looks like she is typing a book in the video but then it comes back as two words to you. I asked one lady about that and she gave me some translator program excuse. But these ladies do chat with more than one man at a time that much was admitted to me after I asked.
And definitely do not go by the photo or you'll be sorely disappointed. Yes, these women look beautiful in their photos but they don't look as nice without the makeup and profressional photography. One lady I ended correspondence with had her photo plastered all over Aweb advertisments with photos I have never seen of her before. I asked her about it and she said she did a photo shoot for Aweb so they could use her picture to rep the site. For some reason that didn't seem right to me.
I agree with your reply to beemer and myself! I have a similar story about them.
I started online dating very slowly on the big name American sites, and had no luck. I would either get young little babes, that were only looking for a sugar daddy, or women 10 years older than myself, with 1 to 10 kids. I might have been on those sites for two years, and only had a good correspondence relationship with one person! A nice person, but no where near what I was looking for.
Being disappointed with the local sites, I went looking overseas, and joined Russian Euro, only 19USD per month. As far as I know, all of these girls had their own computer and email, and used a computer program for translation?! It did not take too long to discover;,,,, Russian girl + computer= scammer!!!! Every one,, no exceptions!!! They might fall in love with me on their second letter or the fifth! Or, a family member was dying or sick, or they needed money for their internet café bill, or they’re ready to hop on the plane, and just need a few hundred dollars more for plane tickets!! Even as a beginner, I knew this was all BS! I can’t remember how many women I went through during my short time on their site. At that time, I almost forgot the whole idea,,,, but then, I saw a familiar, well known, and trusted company;,,, (Let’s all laugh at the same time here!!!) ANASTASIA!!! ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Okay, you can all stop laughing now!!
At that time (2007), I had no reason to have any doubt about them! I went on one of their tours in 1998, and they were,,,, honest enough!? Only problem during the tour were the plane delays, 9 hours in JFK and 13 in Helsinki!! Not their fault, but the bum hired to see to their clients welfare, was hiding, because he knew everyone was pissed!!
I met someone and spent all of my time with her! We got along great, I asked her; if she wanted to move towards marriage,,, and she did!! We corresponded for several months on our own,,, fax and phone calls (1998)!! I told her everything I could (good and bad) to make sure it was what she wanted,,,, and she said; yes to my proposal! Anastasia was there for me when I needed answers!! The marriage was good for a while, but then two tragedies with her parents, both died, within 2 years of our marriage. She went back to see her Father just days before he died. She never came back! I have reasons to doubt whether he was even sick, but, she is the only one who knows?!! I have too many details to tell now!
None of this was Anastasia fault, so in 2007, I had no reason to doubt their honesty. In 1998, I drove down to Winchester, Kentucky, only a slight detour from my course to Florida. I walked into their office, and I swear, by the look on their faces, I must have been the first one to do it!! I met the guy, and the company was real!! However,,, it isn’t the same company anymore!!! I don’t know what has happened to them?? They have moved several times, Kentucky, Maine, Moscow, and now;,,, Cyprus??? What on earth would they be doing there??? Tell me if you know????!
To anyone who has used their services in the last year,,,, have you noticed the International fee charges??? We’ re paying for them to take our money overseas!! And now with their chat system, it’s a lot of money leaving the west and going east!!
Last week, I asked someone on the forum here, to help find a way to “take them down” instead of fighting amongst ourselves. The answer was; No!! And then I was called a “knucklehead” for ever having been on their site?? That’s why I rambled on about my beginning with them!!?
Maybe there isn’t a way to “take them down” but we can whittle away at them!! Some of our posts on this forum, are found when doing a search for dating or Aweb!! The more unfavorable threads or posts there are,,,, the more people who don’t know, just might have a chance to learn, and make a better choice!!??
The companies website (Aweb), is the best looking one on the internet!! That’s why so many new people are taken in by them! And if you don’t believe they are the best yet,,,,, they have two testimonials on each webpage that tells you so!!! It was getting to the point, that when I read them, I got sick to my stomach, because I knew it was all a lie!! They have become so greedy and corrupt, that it took me two months, about 20 swear words, and finally a racial slur,,, just to be removed from their site!!
To anyone,,, who has the thought of joining their site,,,, DON’T DO IT!!!!
How the money is distributed.
The website works with many agencies. They have a log to track exactly how much money has been generated by every profile (girl) and pays a percentage to her agency. The agency then pays the percentage of this percentage to a girl. It's mere pennies, that's why some girls spend 20 hours a day spamming like crazy! :)